£250k Funding boost for community areas and parks in Weymouth & Portland

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council have agreed to distribute over £250k of funding to benefit borough council parks, community groups and charities in the area.

The funding has been approved following a meeting of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Budget Working Group.

Cllr Jeff Cant, Leader of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and Briefholder for Finance and Assets, said:

“It is absolutely fantastic that we’re able to provide funding support to several charities and community groups as well as invest in our parks. I look forward to seeing the results of this work and the benefits they will bring to our borough.”

Over £58k will provided through one off grants to community groups and charities.

Up to £25,000 will be given to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation as a contribution towards the cost of constructing a new sailing centre.

Up to £20,000 will be awarded to the Friends of Castle Cove Beach Charity as a contribution towards the cost of installing new steps to facilitate public access to Castle Cove beach.

Up to £6,500 will go to the Sutton Poyntz Society as a contribution towards the cost of a pond restoration project.

Up to £7,000 will be provided for the  Let’s Make It Community Group to create new community murals in three of the town underpasses.

Up to £200,500 has also been approved to provide restoration and improvements to several Borough Council Parks, Play Areas and Community facilities.

This includes Up to £20k for removal of the running track and jump pits and £15k for renewal of the Basketball area at The Marsh Play Area.

Up to £99k will be available for a Wyke Regis BMX track for scooters, skateboards as well as bikes.

Southill Play Area will receive up to £46,500 to replace all current equipment at the play area

Elm Close Play Area has also been committed £20k for new play equipment

Cllr Kate Wheller, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Community Facilities, said:

“It is wonderful news to have this funding agreed. Our community spaces are invaluable to the area and their continued investment and support is essential to keep them in tip-top shape.”

A new play park for the Marsh was also announced earlier this year. Following delays and extra works, an additional £18,500 has been provided to complete the works.